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Chris Wagner

UIX: Chris Wagner's team of minority contractors make construction EZ for local nonprofits

Chris Wagner is building communities, both literally and figuratively, with his team of minority contractors in the EZ Construction Network. By using talented workers within the job site neighborhoods, Wagner is able to bolster careers while building homes where they're most needed. Story by UIX Editor Matthew Russell with images by Steph Harding.

Shannon Cohen

Q&A with Shannon Cohen

Shannon Cohen is founder and principal of Community Ventures, an all-purpose local consulting firm. Smart, compelling and passionate, she is also a fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network. In this Q & A, we asked Shannon about her work, the challenges and assets of Grand Rapids, racial equity, creating community change, and, of course, kids.

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G-Sync: What have you been watching this summer?

Are we ready as a city for the changes coming in the next 15 years? Rapid Growth's Publisher and Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen discovers a few local organizations banding together to ensure the answer is "yes" for all.

Rendering of the completed Activi-Tree

Detroit does Grand Rapids: Activi-Tree is heading to ArtPrize, and it needs your help

Activi-Tree is much more than a cool space made from a hodgepodge of repurposed (celebrity) garbage and artwork – it's a space for sharing ideas and building relationships. And you can help program it when it comes to ArtPrize. Check out this unique DET to GRR collaboration in advance of the upcoming ArtPrize Seven.

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Happy Labor Day from Rapid Growth

In honor of workers past and present whose contributions have made our country great, Rapid Growth wishes you and yours a restful and rewarding Labor Day holiday. We'll be taking a short break and look forward to seeing you back here with a fresh batch of stories on Thursday, Sept. 17. In the meantime, enjoy the waning days of summer in West Michigan -- and keep up the good work!
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